We take the guesswork out of exercise and create tailored exercise programs to help you live a productive and healthy life.

About Us


I started Motion 4 Life Fitness as a way to prevent falls, general medical decline, and loss of independence. As a practicing emergency medicine physician for over 25 years, I have seen many injuries with physical, emotional and lifestyle implications.

Our exceptional staff recognizes the barriers to beginning exercise and the need for guidance and motivation to stay the course. Our job is to walk with you each step of the way – providing education, expertise, and a culture of support and social interaction.

We invite you to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Have a great day and I look forward to meeting you!

Carol Weesner, MD

Founder and Medical Director

Our Training Philosophy

At Motion 4 Life Fitness our professional trainers will create an individualized exercise program for each member based on health history and a fitness assessment. We believe proper guidance, instruction and encouragement is vital to a successful exercise program. Therefore, most of our memberships include personal training, either 1-on-1 or small group (2-4 people).

Depending on your membership choice, training sessions are either 30 or 60 minutes. We recommend working with a trainer twice per week, although when you choose your membership, you determine if you would like to meet more or less often.

Our group classes are available to all personal training members at no charge. These larger classes (12 people max) are designed by our trainers to complement personal training. They can be tailored to the individual’s participating as necessary. Flexibility, agility, balance and cardiovascular exercise are the focus of the classes. Our staff will help you choose appropriate classes for your exercise ability.

Meet The Staff

Carol Weesner, MD

Owner/Medical Director

Carol has been an emergency medicine physician for over 27 years and currently is an Emergency Medicine Physician in the Riverview Hospital System in Hamilton County. She has owned and managed 2 emergency medicine physician groups where she was responsible for operations, personnel, and education. She is active in the day to day operations, management, and ongoing development of Motion 4 Life Fitness.

She is an avid basketball fan and may have given Larry Bird a run for his money before a knee injury cut short her collegiate career at the University of Chicago (ok,….maybe that is a bit of a stretch with LB….). Her favorite literary character is Bernie Rhodenbarr and favorite leading men on television are Perry Mason and Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

Carol is most grateful in her life for having a wonderful family that is part of her everyday world.

Pam Klink

Membership Services

Pam graduated from the Krannert School of Business at Purdue University with a Business Management degree. She has worked for many years at Marketing Research Technologies as a coding analyst for medicinal drug products. She has also worked for Arbitre Consulting, a contractor with the State of Indiana, doing in-home assessments for the disabled to evaluate their State funding needs. She is a former elementary school instructional assistant with the Carmel Clay school system.

Pam loves spending time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, especially to Florida, as well as cooking and gardening in her spare time. She looks forward to a great opportunity in helping to grow Motion 4 Life into the premier gym experience for active agers.

Although several representatives from the Japan and China national teams have inquired about her services as an Olympic table tennis consultant, Motion 4 Life hopes that she remains with us in Indiana for a long time.

Dave Stewart

BS Exercise Science, NASM SFS, FAI
Director of Personal Training

Dave received his BS in Exercise Science at Ball State University and has over 7 years of experience as a personal trainer. He is a certified Senior Fitness Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has a specialty certification from the Functional Aging Institute.

He has helped a wide variety of individuals move, feel, and look better. These efforts have helped lead people to an improved quality of life and a longer life of independence. Dave is an excellent communicator and motivator and has designed specialized programs that may include weight loss, strength building, sport-specific conditioning, and general fitness.

Dave’s individualized programs put an emphasis on proper movement and progression in order to help clients reach their goals. By the way, Converse should sign him to an endorsement deal because nobody looks better in Chuck Taylors.

Amanda Garant MS, RD, CD

Registered Dietitian

Amanda has been helping people with their weight and understanding of healthy eating for nearly 10 years. Whether working with children, adolescents, or adults, her goal is for everyone to enjoy the body they are in and accomplish things they never thought possible. She has made positive impact on lives with proper nutrition education, provided support through life changing events, and fostered improvements in confidence and self-esteem. In addition to her work at Motion 4 Life, Amanda has a private practice.

Amanda is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Eating Disorder Task Force of Indiana, and a member of JumpIN, a central Indiana childhood obesity initiative. She finished her Bachelor of Science in dietetics at Marshall University and received her master’s degree from Ball State University. She has also served as a clinical dietitian at the Charis Center for Eating Disorders and Riley Children’s Hospital.

Charlie Dean

Director of Social Media and Hospitality Ambassador

Charlie is the digital whiz many of us will only dream of being. He has shown outstanding creativity in the development of Motion 4 Life’s social media presence. He organizes, develops, and maintains our various fitness blogs and social media pages.

He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology and majored in Organizational Leadership and Supervision. Charlie has held every job possible at Some Guys Pizza, and by all rights, could run the whole outfit. His prior work experience also includes being an Epic CareConnect Super User for Community Health Network.

He is an accomplished gamer, video editor, and he makes some awesome pizza! Favs include his dog Pepper, basketball, and working out. He is looking forward to the new opportunities and challenges that come with Motion 4 Life.

Dawn Bruh

BS Biology and Athletic Training, MS Exercise Physiology, NSCA-CPT
Personal Trainer

Dawn Bruh has been serving in the fitness industry for over 25 years.  She received her Master’s of Science in Exercise Physiology from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois and her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Athletic Training from Indiana Wesleyan University.  She is a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CPT) Certified Personal Trainer.

Dawn spent 13 years as a Professor in Exercise Science and Aquatics at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana where she assisted students with national certifications in personal training as well as instructing with the personal training program at Indiana Wesleyan University.

She was also a Board of Certification (BOC) Certified Athletic Trainer for 18 years and spent 7 years working as an athletic trainer within high schools, community colleges, and physical therapy clinics before arriving at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Dawn also holds certifications through the American Red Cross as an instructor in First Aid/CPR/AED and Lifeguard Training.

Dawn’s passion is helping others with their fitness journey. She knows it can be a life long struggle to maintain a fitness regimen and having a solid support system is crucial for success.

Valerie Weesner, PhD

Staff Psychologist

Valerie is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She did her internship at the Worcester Youth Guidance Center in Worcester, Massachusetts with a focus on child and family therapy. She has been in practice in Indianapolis since 1993 and has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families in a variety of settings including in private practice. Valerie joined the IU Health Charis Center for Eating Disorders in 2009 and became the clinical director in 2012. She is an artist and enjoys painting, and makes the world’s best brownies and spaghetti sauce.

Hannah Weesner

Hospitality Ambassador

Hannah graduated from Ball State University with a B.S. in Special Education.  Her commitment to excellent service translates into great workout experiences for members at M4L.  Not only does she have a passion for professional basketball, she has played as a partner and coached Special Olympics basketball.  She is passionate about creative workouts and easily warms a room with her beautiful smile.

Tom Weesner


Tom brings a diverse background of experience including corporate strategic marketing/planning, sales, consulting, facility management, and construction. His experience with large Fortune 100 companies and the demands of running his own business give him a unique perspective on business operations.

He is a master at problem solving, the development of streamlined procedures/systems, outcome optimization, customer service strategies, and risk management. He is a firm believer of continuous quality improvement and fostering a creative, collaborative work environment.

Tom is a graduate of Miami University (Ohio), enjoys reading, and can hit a softball a county mile. His passion is working with youth and developing their gifts and talents. He has published a book written by Leaders In Action, a youth program he started in the Mapleton Fall Creek neighborhood near Broadway Methodist Church. The Untitled Book: Different Opinions of Different Minds presents the raw, open and candid thoughts and feelings of the group’s members. The book was used in several universities as a text to help college students better understand inner-city youth.

Melissa Maxwell, PT, CMT, CBFL Teacher

Massage Therapist

Melissa has been a Physical Therapist for over 25 years and is our new Massage Therapist. In addition to her massage therapy, she practices pediatric physical therapy through the First Steps early intervention program. She has developed a life-span approach to health and wellness that includes massage techniques for all ages.

She is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys many activities both indoors and outdoors for movement including judo, racquetball, tennis, bicycling and hiking.

Melissa is a native Hoosier from the southwest corner of the state, calling both Evansville and Indianapolis home and enjoys being a sandwich generation daughter, mom and grandmother.

Rick Tinkle

BA, MA, RYT200
Yoga Instructor

Rick Tinkle Earned a BA in philosophy and classical languages from Saint Charles in Philadelphia.  He has an MA and MDiv from Mt. St. Mary’s University in Maryland.  He completed Yoga Teacher training at The Yoga Studio in Broad Ripple where he teaches slow flow classes each week.  He took 1000 hours of classes before he completed the 200 hour teacher training to become a registered yoga teacher.


Rick has always been interested and engaged in fitness health and exercise.  His experience as well as years of coaching and teaching made the transition to teaching yoga a natural one.  Rick loves the physical and mental benefits that yoga class practice brings to all people regardless of their reason for practicing yoga that day.  People often find it helps them in daily life as well with more mindful attention and presence to everyone and everything.

Tasha Lane

BS Exercise Science, BS Dietetics, NASM-CPT, Certified Tai-Chi Instructor
Nutrition Specialist / Personal Trainer

Tasha carries dual degrees with a B.S. in Exercise Science from Indiana University of Kokomo and a B.S. in Dietetics from Ball State. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Dietetics at Ball State in order to become a Registered Dietitian. She currently counsels as a Nutrition Specialist and is also a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified Personal Trainer.

Tasha’s personal journey with obesity and weight loss fuels her ambition to help others. She utilizes a whole body approach to health and wellness with nutrition and physical activity, focusing on functional movement. She is also currently working on her Corrective Movement certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and also is a certified Tai Chi instructor.

She is a mom of two adult human children and two furbaby children, as well as a grandmother to three grandsons who are all under the age of 3.

Derek Berggren

BS Exercise Science, CFSC
Personal Trainer

Derek received his BS in Exercise Science at the University of Southern Indiana and has over 5 years of experience as a personal trainer and sports performance specialist. He is a certified Functional Strength and Conditioning Coach and specializes in the joint-by-joint approach of strength training.


Through personal experience with training, injury, and rehabilitation in sports, he has developed a passion for training and helping people get back to what they love to do. Derek is an excellent communicator and is confident in performing thorough assessments for each client to create an individualized plan to optimize potential and reduce risk of injury. Derek’s programs put an emphasis on proper movement to help individuals move and feel stronger. He knows strength leads to improved quality of life and wants to help his clients realize the benefits.


Derek is an avid ultimate frisbee player and played competitively through college. He enjoys spending evenings watching movies with his wife and cats. When he is not working or spending time at home, he and his wife enjoy traveling.

Mon-Fri  6 am - 8 pm

Sat  8 am - 12 noon



14801 Market Center Drive Suite 100, Carmel, IN 46033

(Just north of 146th and Gray Road)

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